Frango à Cafreal is a spicy chicken preparation consumed widely in the Indian state of Goa. The preparation originated from the Portuguese colonies in the African continent. It was introduced into the Goan cuisine by the Portuguese and the African soldiers serving under the Portuguese.
The generic preparation involves green chillies, fresh coriander leaves, onion, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, pepper, chilli, mace, clove powder and lime juice or vinegar. Chicken cafreal is always made from whole chicken legs, flavoured with the spices and herbs mentioned and then shallow fried. Chicken cafreal is usually accompanied by potato wedges and lime wedges. It is a popular dish in the bars and taverns of the state.
It is suspected that the dish originated in the Portuguese colonies in Africa, most likely in Mozambique. "À Cafreal" means "in the way of the Cafres" and cafre was the designation of the inhabitants of Cafraria, the region of Southern Africa inhabited by non-Muslim peoples (compare English kafir). According to this hypothesis, the cafreal chicken derives from the piri-piri chicken typical of those places. In many contexts and locations in the world, chicken piri-piri and chicken cafreal designate the same dish, but in Goa they are two very different things, even in color.
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Course : Main Dish
Cuisine : Indian
Prep time : 10 minutes
Process time : 20 minutes
Total time : 300 minutes
Chicken - 1/2 kg
Coriander leaves - 1 bunch
Mint leaves - 1/2 bunch
Pepper - 1 tsp
Cinnamon - 1/2 inch
Cloves - 3
Cardamom - 2
Onion - 1
Pepper powder - 1 tsp
Ginger -1/2 inch
Garlic - 6
Lemon juice - 3 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Wash the chicken, add salt, pepper powder and lemon juice and mix and marinate for 15 minutes
In a mixer jar, add coriander leaves, mint leaves, pepper, cinnamon, cloves, cardamon, onion, ginger-garlic and grind it to smooth paste
Add the green masala paste to the marinated chicken and mix it. Marinate again for 10 minutes
In a cast iron pan, add oil, then add the green masala chicken and saute it
Cook until masala and chicken are roasted well , sprinkle pepper powder once done
Serve hot with rice
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